Saturday June 9, 2018 Roll Call held an event in the community in honor of Women Veterans Day, which is officially June 12 in Texas. Not many people are aware that Women Veterans Day exists!
On May 5, 2017, Representative Victoria Neave filed House Bill 2698, establishing Women Veterans Day. HB2698 was later incorporated into Texas Senate Bill 805 and on June 9, 2017 was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott designating June 12th as Women Veterans Day. This bill represents a commemoration of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act signed into law by President Harry S. Truman on June 12, 1948.This act made it possible for women to become regular, full time servicemembers thus receiving the same full benefits as men.
Roll Call was approached by the Texas Veterans Commission to partner with them to bring awareness to Women Veterans Day and to celebrate the women who have served our country.
So, on Saturday June 9, 2018 Roll Call and the Texas Veterans Commission hosted the 1stAnnual Party in the Park in Lake Worth, TX Veterans Memorial Park. A special ceremony was held honoring 4 WWII female veterans and a Korean female veteran, along with all other female veterans in the community. Texas State Senator Konni Burton and Lake Worth City Mayor Walter Bowen were on hand to present the women with a nice plaque of appreciation.
Many vendors and organizations supporting veterans also came out such as New Horizons, which gave away several job training certificates, Military Order of World Wars-Fort Worth Chapter, Navy Federal Credit Union, OperationThankYou.org, Center for Transforming Lives, Cowtown Warriors, and many more.
A special thanks to Lake Worth City Manager and USAF Desert Storm veteran, Stacey Almond, for helping with the venue and supporting Roll Call to host this special community event.